G-Eazy’s new album is ‘When It’s Dark Out.’ After his notable major-label debut with ‘These Things Happen,’ the Bay Area rapper has returned a year later with a new release and, as before, he’s drawing notice. Here’s a roundup of what they have to say.
The 26-year-old MC from Oakland, California may not yet be a household name, but just give him a few more months, perhaps weeks. Arguably he’s on the verge of major stardom, and it’s been through his own efforts. Yes, G-Eazy — (real name Gerald Earl Gillum) — is on an ascendancy, with four albums to his credit thus far, and this one, his second on a major label, RCA.
As he told Forbes recently, “The game is changing in a big way…The gatekeepers don’t control the gates, and the powers that be aren’t as powerful.” He added, “You see the death of the superstar, and you see the birth of all these self-made stars.”
And it’s fascinating to watch. As have so many, he’s mastered social media and it’s driven his success even as it’s chronicled his success to date. And here he is, drawing notice worldwide and a second album is out. A harbinger perhaps?
In recent months, he’s drawn notice as a featured artist on the breakthrough hit of yet another rising star, Australian singer Grace’s cover of the iconic Lesley Gore song ‘You Don’t Own Me’ and scored some major television appearances, on the Today Show, and ‘Late Late Show with James Corden.’ In the days preceding the release of, ‘When It’s Dark Out,’ he did make an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ but he has not relied on television or, for that matter, any other major media.
Now the critics are weighing in on this latest album, and here’s a roundup of what they have to say.
“….The record’s bright spots include “Some Kind of Drug”—a bouncy, smoldering bedroom ode to truly bomb sex—and “Don’t Let Me Go,” which features a robo kazoo, druggy existentialism and a gale-force hook by GRACE, a gal with the pipes of a two-story tall organ. “Sad Boy,” confronts his fame-related melancholy and wrangles with superficial disatisfaction, substance abuse and his strained relationship with his up-and-down mother…..”– Activate
“…..Gerald Gillum, aka G-Eazy, is at his best on “When It’s Dark Out” (RCA) when he embraces his individuality as an artist. […] G-Eazy is set for major stardom, but only once he realizes that his point of view is more interesting than the mainstream…..”– Newsday
Check back for more reviews as they arrive for G-Eazy’s ‘When It’s Dark’ out album; cover art and videos are below!